A Close Look at Windows 8 Revamped Task Manager


Task Manager in Windows is a vital piece that matters to almost all people who uses Windows system. Even though the Metro Style might make it less important, it’s still worth a ton taking a close look what’s new being offered in the new vamped version in up coming Windows 8.

First look, a compacted version by default

With this simplified version, one user can easily but only End Tasks that are launched by themselves.

image If this is too simple to be your thing, switch it to a full version by clicking

If this is too simple to be your thing, switch it to a full version by clicking More details at the bottom left corner.

What’s offered in the Detailed version in general?

image Not much difference, isn’t it? Still, having

Not much difference, isn’t it? Still, having Startup tab right there is going to be a big benefit to me. An App History is also an add-on piece that appears to be useful. If you check these top drop-down menu, you will find they are pretty much all same as in Windows 7. So let’s take close look at each tab to see what’s new there.

Process Tab


Other than the new layout, the most obvious change is grouped view. It would make users find the specific apps more easily and quickly. One other new feature is the new added Disk and Network columns that show the real-time hard drive and network activities happening in the process. They are very helpful.

Tip #1: you can get some of the drop-down commands by right-clicking the bottom space or the Group Title line.


Tip #2: You can now restart Windows Explorer process right in the Task Manager. But too bad, the Restart feature is only available to Windows Explorer but not to others.


Tip #3: you can add/remove columns in the process view. I bet you will find the Command line column useful since it reveals the full path of the process in one column.


[added the following two tips on Oct 13, 2011] Tip #4: you can now search the internet to find out what a specific process is in your Task Manager. Just right-click the process in question, and select Search the web from the context menu. It opens the default browser and searches the process name in Bing.


Tip #5: have you noticed the heat map, which is new in this version of Task Manager? It represents different values with color, which allows you to find the hotspot instantly without needing to read the numbers. It’s very useful.

Performance tab


The performance tab in Task Manager is now a consolidated performance measurement that shows 4 key elements in one place, 2 more comparing the version before. And yes, you can still launch the Resource Monitor to have a more close look on each of the performance measure.

App History tab


A great time-machine type of view provides you a quick glance of what’s been used since last usage reset, which you can do at the top menu right below the tabs. Tip: you can quickly launch the app from this App History by highlighting the app and click Switch To button at the bottom right corner.

Startup tab


Well, nothing is going on here right now. But if it does, you can disable those suspicious applications that start themselves right in this view.

Users tab


With the new Users view, you can explore to have a list of processes that users are running and you can end these processes if want to.

Details & Services tabs

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As you can see, nothings are new here. That’s about it for now. Have you found anything new and interesting in this new Task Manager?



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